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Straight-Talk Solar Cast

Straight-Talk Solar Cast

By Solar Harmonics
Welcome to the world's first Straight-Talk Solar Cast! This is your go-to podcast for answers about solar. Each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you - straight - by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you're facing when considering solar.
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Solar + Heat Pump Water Heaters
In this week's podcast we get to talk to Joe Wacunas from the Electrify Now & CleanTechnica about his experience with hot water heat pumps. Joe installed an HWHP in his home and shares his experience, pros and cons of the HWHP and solar power. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits and hosting his podcast Local SEO in 10.
13:43
June 17, 2021
Solar + Seniors
In this week's podcast we discuss how solar panel systems make so much sense for senior citizens, retirees, and people about to retire.  Owned Solar is one of the only hedges against inflation, increases the value of the home, and has numerous environmental advantages.  We also discuss how some seniors object to going solar because they don't know how much longer they will be around...we argue there is no safer investment than solar power as long as the sun rises.  About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits and hosting his podcast Local SEO in 10.
13:55
June 11, 2021
Solar + Graduation
In this week's podcast we discuss this year's high school & college graduates, the opportunities they will face and how many of the jobs/businesses available in 5 years have not been invented yet...solar power and other opportunities in renewable energy are only growing because all of these exciting technologies run on electricity. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits and hosting his podcast Local SEO in 10.
14:13
June 4, 2021
Solar + Swinerton Renewable Energy
In this week's podcast we are happy to welcome George Hershman from Swinerton Renewable Energy. We learn about SRE's origin story, growth in the utility-scale solar market and how SRE is helping utility companies all over the country to generate electricity from solar power. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits and hosting his podcast Local SEO in 10.
13:52
May 27, 2021
Solar + Site Inspections
Solar + Site Inspections - In this week's podcast we discuss what happens after you select the solar company's proposal and before you sign the contract.  We go into probably too much detail of everything that is checked in the site inspection, issues that come up and what our plan is to resolve these issues to help our clients go solar. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits and hosting his podcast Local SEO in 10.
21:24
May 21, 2021
Solar + Main Service Panel
In this week's podcast we discuss our new searchable podcast episode format.  We then get into a discussion about the role the main electric service panel has in the solar panel system.  There are new Solar Ready Main Electric Service panels that have reduced the service panel upgrade prices by 90%. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits.
14:01
May 14, 2021
Solar + Solarever USA
In this week's podcast we meet with Carlos Gutierrez, the Manufacturing Director for Solarever USA.  Solarever is the largest solar panel manufacturer in Mexico, and they now have availability in the US as well.  We discuss the origins of Solarever, the advantages their solar panels have, and their plans to expand into the US market.  https://solareverusa.com/ About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits.
12:25
May 6, 2021
Solar + Evolution
In this week's podcast we discuss the life cycle of a solar customer, and the vast amount of 'electrification' that is happening with #EV's #HeatPumps #NewBaby and tons more.  Most solar clients add more solar capacity, and it's just a question of when and where the panels can be placed. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits.
13:09
April 30, 2021
Solar + Pool Heating
In this week's podcast we discuss the various ways homeowners use to heat their pools.  We focus on the thermal pool panels and why we do not recommend them.  We then discuss electric pool heaters and the benefits of heating the swimming pool with a #NetZero solution. Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits.
12:56
April 22, 2021
Solar + Pain
In this week's podcast, we discuss the motivation of pain and how it factors into going solar. We discuss how governments can influence or discourage solar adoption. In California, there are plenty of pain points that solar relieves, and we discuss how other parts of the country can use solar power to solve their pain points. Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits.
13:57
April 16, 2021
Solar + True Up
In this week's episode we revisit a recurring topic - annual true-up bills.  When someone goes solar, they need to keep an eye on their annual electricity bill because electricity usage has been increasing every year.  We discuss how to monitor the true-up on the PGE.com site using our video here: https://youtu.be/Cq4DtzvERVE and we discuss when it makes sense to add more solar to an existing system. Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, local and national SEO, website design and customer generation for companies of all sizes. Magnified Media helping company leaders master their marketing by: • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • getting them more online reviews, • creating media content that engages with their audience. In his spare time, Adam enjoys volunteering on the board of several community-based non-profits.
14:46
April 9, 2021
Solar + American Jobs Plan
In this week's episode we discuss the latest update with Bill Maher's solar project, and we discuss in detail the new American Jobs Plan - $2  Trillion - and the impact on solar power for the next decade at least. Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California,   who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. Each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, SEO, website design and reputation management for businesses of all sizes. Magnified Media helping business owners master their marketing by: • getting them more online reviews, • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • creating engaging social media content. In his spare time, Adam enjoys working as the volunteer director of Delta Education Foundation, a nonprofit supporting after-school education in Northern California.
14:18
April 1, 2021
Solar + Net Energy Metering
In  this week's podcast we discuss the proposed changes to the current Net  Energy Metering (NEM) program. Great changes for PG & E and bad changes for people who have not gone solar and even existing solar customers.  Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California,   who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. Each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, SEO, website design and reputation management for businesses of all sizes. Magnified Media helping business owners master their marketing by: • getting them more online reviews, • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • creating engaging social media content. In his spare time, Adam enjoys working as the volunteer director of Delta Education Foundation, a nonprofit supporting after-school education in Northern California.
15:23
March 19, 2021
Solar + Panel End of Life
In  this week's podcast, we discuss how California changes the classification for solar panel waste as universal waste instead of hazardous waste. This is very important as nearly 100% of the materials in solar panels are recyclable and reusable. The heavy metals in solar panels are not easy to extract so a better solution still needs to be improved. Solar panel recycling will be a growing part of the industry and one of the most necessary.  Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California,   who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. Each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, SEO, website design and reputation management for businesses of all sizes. Magnified Media helping business owners master their marketing by: • getting them more online reviews, • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • creating engaging social media content. In his spare time, Adam enjoys working as the volunteer director of Delta Education Foundation, a nonprofit supporting after-school education in Northern California.
14:41
March 12, 2021
Solar + Drones
In this week's podcast we discuss a quick update on the solar project for Bill Maher and on another topic, how drones are starting to gain more acceptance in both the solar site inspections and after solar project documentation and photos.  The solar industry's use of drones is gaining more acceptance and within the next 5 years will change and improve the safety for solar installers and homeowners. Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California, who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm. In each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Jamie Duran & Solar Harmonics Brought to you by Solar Harmonics in Northern California,   who invite their customers to “Own Their Energy” by purchasing a solar panel system for their home, business, or farm.  You can check out the website for the top solar energy equipment installer, Solar Harmonics, here. Each episode we discuss questions facing people making the decision to go solar. The solutions to your questions are given to you – straight  – by one of the leading experts in the solar industry, Jamie Duran, president of Solar Harmonics. Feel free to search our library for answers to questions that you’re facing when considering solar. About Adam Duran & Magnified Media Solarcast is produced and co-hosted by Adam Duran, director of Magnified Media. Based in San Francisco & Walnut Creek, California, Magnified Media is an internet marketing agency focused on online marketing, SEO, website design and reputation management for businesses of all sizes. Magnified Media helping business owners master their marketing by: • getting them more online reviews, • getting their website seen at the top of Google rankings, and • creating engaging social media content. In his spare time, Adam enjoys working as the volunteer director of Delta Education Foundation, a nonprofit supporting after-school education in Northern California.
16:11
March 5, 2021